Classics Illustrated Junior, #539
. Gilberton . NY
PN6728.6.F3C53 no... (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The Four Oxen and the Lion takes up two pages (29-30). Three things are remarkable in the telling of this short fable. First, the oxen literally gather with their tails together, pointing to the four directions on a compass, as both text and illustration show. Secondly, they quarrel on their own, without the lion provoking them. Thirdly, the lion falls as he attacks them isolated from one another, and they quickly gather and reconfigure with their tails together. This fable series regularly avoids bloody or drastic endings. $.15.